Like him or not, Kirk Hinrich’s here to stay.
According to league sources, the Chicago Bulls will re-sign free agent guard Kirk Hinrich, as first reported by Turner Sports’s David Aldridge.
Kirk Hinrich has re-signed with the Bulls, per source. — David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 13, 2014
The signing is yet to be official, but expect it to be later this week.
Kirk Hinrich will sign with the Bulls later this week, according to a source. — K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) July 13, 2014
This also means the terms of the contract are still unknown; however, Hinrich is said to be making more than the veteran’s minimum.
Re-signed for more than vet minimum, but took less than he was offered elsewhere, according to source. Charlotte, Utah among other suitors. — Aggrey Sam (@CSNBullsInsider) July 13, 2014
It wasn’t long after the season ended that general manager Gar Forman expressed his interest in Hinrich remaining a Bull, and head coach Tom Thibodeau felt similarly.
Tom Thibodeau has pushed hard for Kirk Hinrich’s return. GM Gar Forman called re-signing Hinrich “a priority” at season’s end. — K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) July 11, 2014
The feeling was mutual. At the end of June, Hinrich revealed his desire to stay with the team that drafted him.
“I feel like, in my heart, I’m a Bull, I always will be. I grew up, you know, wanting to become a Bull, being a Bulls fan, so in an ideal situation, I’d love to be back,” he said. “You know, I just hope that it’s able to work out.”
Hinrich’s received plenty of criticism since beginning his second stint as a Bull. During his first seven seasons, Captain Kirk averaged 13.4 points, 5.8 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals while shooting 41.5 percent and 37.9 percent on threes. In the past two seasons, he put up 8.5 points, 4.5 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game while going 38.6 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from downtown.
With numbers like that, it’s no wonder he’s been criticized, but he’s all Chicago has right now to backup Derrick Rose.
He’s certainly not the best option for a backup point guard, especially at 33 years old, but his familiarity with the team and Thibodeau’s system will be a plus. He, clearly, doesn’t shoot the ball that well anymore, but he still defends well. And, if all goes well, Hinrich will stay the backup point guard, so he won’t have to play the same kind of minutes he has these last two years. That could change, though, since Hinrich is a Thibodeau-type player.
Either way, like him or not, Hinrich’s here to stay.
UPDATE: According to Aldridge, Hinrich’s contract will be for two years and worth $5.6 million.
Bulls will sign Kirk Hinrich to two-year, $5.6M deal for room exception ($2.73M next season), w/player option for 2nd season, per source.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 14, 2014